Re: [Evolution] Feature requests: modularity & imap caching...

On Tue, 2002-04-09 at 02:54, Frederic Vanneste wrote:
First of all, kudos to the whole Ximian team for
putting together this IMO excellent product.
After some fiddling it became my client of choice
and I haven't had any issues in months except
for some 'closing' problems (Waiting for component
to die -- ...) from time to time.

Is it just busy, or really hung?  Sometimes it could be busy for a long
time.  If it has hung (most notably if the application isn't using any
cpu and the disk is idle, etc), a backtrace and bug report will help us
identify and fix it.

First proposal/request:
I like the essential idea behind the workgroup/pim
features, but I'd rather have a choice. Let me 
explain... I use evolution mainly because of its
_great_ imap-handling, it's the first (gui) mua
that really does everything I need and does it
_right_! But I only use the calendar-thingy
on one system, and I *know* there are a lot of
people that rarely of never use the calendar/tasks
features. The summary feature is a nice addition,
but it's a not really something everyone *needs*, right?
Don't get me wrong, I really like those features, on 
my main system they are all enabled, but what I mean
is that these should be 'options/plugins/whatever'.
I managed to get evolution run as an imap-client only,
by renaming the oaf files, so they're not loaded on 
startup, but it would be really nice if there was a
more 'clean' way of doing that. Because of the
nice modularity in the code of evolution, I 'guess'
that would not be such a major obstacle to overcome
(correct me if I'm wrong here, I'm not much of
a programmer...).

The problem is, for example, if you receive a meeting request, the
mailer assumes the calendar component is available, and/or tries to
start it up to handle it.  And because of the terribly slow startup
process, and to help with debugging, these things are just started all
the time.

Second, it would be really nice if you get more
control over the imap caching. I work in mechanical
engineering and get a lot of large files in my
mailbox. Header caching is a major feature, but
I hate it that I have to manually delete all those
mime-files from the cache... You must understand that
if you read your mail on different systems,
all those files (of sometimes a couple megs each)  get 
cached in all those places, taking a couple of 100Megs on
each system after a couple of weeks. 
It would really be nice if there was an option to purge
the mime-cache on exit/command/...

I agree.  The cache isn't really a cache at all, it is just a
disk-backing that never seems to get cleared unless the folder becomes

The NNTP code has a better cache design, but it hasn't been integrated
into IMAP yet, and may not for a while because the existing code is a
little tightly integrated with the operation of imap.  And .. a cache
clearing option isn't that easy to add because of abstraction (i.e. the
mailer doesn't know if the store its talking to even uses one, e.g.
local mail).

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